William G. Dodd


In the year 1850, Tallahassee, through its city government, took the first faltering steps which led later in the decade to the organization of a stable school system. Before that year, as was told in Part I of this article, parents had depended for the education of their children on private schools and on two corporate institutions, Leon Academy and Leon Female Academy. The former, constantly in financial straits, was barely kept alive through the years from 1827 to 1840. The Female Academy, begun in 1844, continued as an independent school until 1858. Thus the story of boys’ education before 1850 is that of the breakdown of a public academy followed by a succession of transitory private enterprises. In the education of girls, the events occurred in the reverse order. For the necessity of establishing the Female Academy grew out of the inadequacy and uncertainty of the private girls’ schools in the town from 1829 to 1843.